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We're on Facebook!

Well done to our Communications Team, who were shortlisted for a national award on their use of Social media in healthcare settings. We're excited to announce that, following the success of our Twitter activity, we've launched onto Facebook so that we can share even more news about what is going on around the hospital with our public. Go straight to our Facebook page by clicking here and then be sure to 'Like' us to be kept up to date with what we're up to. You can also post onto our timeline if you have any questions or if you'd simply like to tell us about a positive experience you had at Liverpool Women's. You can also share photos with us if you wish to.

On Thursday we hosted an interesting meeting at Liverpool Women's with a wide representation from Maternity services providers and commissioners from across Cheshire and Merseyside.  The meeting focussed on the ever challenging financial climate that we are operating in and how we work together collaboratively to ensure that we have safe and sustainable maternity services across Cheshire and Merseyside.  A thank you to my colleague Simon Banks from Halton Clinical Commissioning Group who co-chaired the meeting with myself.  We had a fascinating presentation from David Richmond, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists about the variability of clinical outcomes across the country for women and babies.  There was a lot of energy in the room and a real commitment to focus on a strategic approach to ensure safe and sustainable maternity and neonatal services.  I will keep you informed of progress in the New Year.

Here at the Women's we know how important it is to enthuse our young people about the wonderful career choices that are open to them in the NHS.  We never tire of working with children and young people of all ages, giving them access to work experience, skills and training events, work taster sessions, job interview practice and lots more.  Our latest offering in January will see the hospital hosting eight after school skills clubs attended by 20 year 9 and 10 students from local schools.  We have no problem engaging our staff in projects such as this and we love having the young people in our hospital.  If you would like to know more about the work experience programme and other initiatives, then email or tweet for more information.

I am off to London again for the next few days, however it is starting to look a lot like Christmas at Liverpool Women's this week as our staff as ever go all out to decorate the hospital.  I am sure that I will be met with lots of trees, decorations and lights, when I return on Friday.

by Kathryn Thomson

Chief Executive

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